Will Legalization Of Marijuana Affect Artists Like Wiz Khalifa

by Noiz 21. July 2014 12:29

Will Legalization Of Marijuana Affect Artists Like Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa and his “Under the Influence of Music Tour” kicks off July 24 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  The 22-date trek ends Aug. 24 when Wiz Khalifa visits Irvine, California and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Taylor Gang members should look for Wiz Khalifa in Toronto on July 29, Wiz Khalifa in Mansfield on Aug. 2, and Wiz Khalifa in Tinley Park on Aug. 5.

Khalifa is bringing along a bevy of talent including Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage the Gemini, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, IAMSU, and DJ Drama. 

The 26-year-old rapper will be supporting his fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood.  The opus will hit proverbial store shelves on Aug. 19.  Blacc Hollywood contains contributions from Nicki Minaj, Curren$y, Ty Dolla Sign, and Chevy Woods.

"Let's Go Get Stoned"
If you have Wiz Khalifa tickets, of if you buy any one of his albums, you’re bound to realize that the Pittsburgh-based rapper has a huge penchant for marijuana. 

On the cover of Blacc Hollywood, Khalifa’s face is covered by a cloud of smoke.  Yes, that smoke could be from a cigarette but the connotation is it’s exhale from a marijuana joint. 

If that doesn’t sell you on his affinity for “Mary Jane” then how about his 2011 album Rolling Papers, or starring in the stoner film Mac & Devin Go to High School, or calling remixes “Weedmixes,” or teaming with Raw Rolling Papers to have his own line of “smoking accessories,” or telling a reporter that he spends ten grand on “Grass” every month, or being arrested for marijuana possession. 

“Pass The Dutchie Pon The Left Hand Side”
Wiz Khalifa is one of a long line of rappers/rockers who champion “The Herb.”  In today’s political climate, however, one has to wonder what effect the increasing decriminalizing of marijuana will have on Wiz Khalifa and other proponents of “Cannabis?”

I’m not saying the legalization of “Hemp” will stop Khalifa or his fans from getting high.  I’m asking will relaxed marijuana laws change the landscape of popular music?

Marijuana has had a long relationship with popular music especially elements that appeal to hormone-addled, restless, young people looking for a good time. 

In the 1920s and early 1930s, when the youth of America was gorging on jazz, two of the genre’s biggest names, Louie Armstrong and Cab Calloway, recorded famous songs about the “Purple Sticky Punch.”  There’s a reason why a “jazz cigarette” is a marijuana joint and not a cigarette with a bunch of random tobacco strung together.  Remember, before rock took over in the 1950s, jazz was the preferred music for fidgety adolescences.

“Everybody Must Get Stoned”
In the 1960s and 1970s, “sticky icky” was the topic of popular songs by Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Steppenwolf, Rick James, Peter Tosh, and Bob Marley.  The Beatles told us that they get “high with a little help from” their friends.  The Byrds sang about being “Eight Miles High” and in The Doors’ “Break On Through” Jim Morrison chants “she gets high.”

If you want to get some easy counter-culture credentials just throw the words “high” or “stoned” into your song.

There’s a reason why the saying is “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” and not “delightful conversation, soda pop, and rock & roll.”  Rock, rap, heavy metal, punk, alternative, and even country (to some extent) all sell a lifestyle of living on the edge and social disobedience.  Popular music is festoon with rebels, outlaws, gangsters, agitators, protestors, renegades, radicals, and revolutionaries.

“Let's Roll Another Joint”
That’s the fantasy being sold and it’s purchased, in large part, by middle class young people who are anything but rebels, outlaws, gangsters, agitators, protestors, renegades, radicals, and revolutionaries.  Nonetheless, popular music allows consumers to fantasize about being bad without having to give up anything good (besides money).

Marijuana, probably more than any other substance, supports the rock & roll lifestyle and fantasy.  It’s more “dangerous” than alcohol (at least socially) but not as dangerous as other drugs.  Young people can smoke a joint and listen to Wiz Khalifa without having to worry about serious consequences.  Marijuana is the perfect balance of counter-culture and safety.

Is marijuana’s rock and roll social status in jeopardy?  Pot is now legal in Washington State and Colorado.  

“Legalize It”
As a Washingtonian, I’ll admit that those two states are low on the totem pole.  It would certainly be different if pot was legalized in California, Texas, or Florida.  If marijuana was legalized in New York State it would be all we hear about on the news. 

While Washington and Colorado aren’t major players on the national stage they are on the crest of a wave of marijuana legalization that seems to be washing over America.  Washington D.C. recently made it legal to possess small amount of cannabis.  Alaska and Oregon will vote on legalizing marijuana this November.  The use of medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.

According to ArcView Group, by the end of 2014 the noncriminal marijuana industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion.  Last year, it was $1.5 billion.

“Let's Roll Another Joint”
In the Evergreen State, they are calling the new legal marijuana business “fledgling.”  It’s being called that because demand is high and supply is low.  Once the industry gets things figure out business will be smoking.

Our staff estimates that there’ll be about $30,000 a year in sales tax revenue per business.” — Tim Leavitt, mayor of Vancouver, Washington.

Washington State won’t release any numbers until early August, but all indications point to the government reaping big money.  That’s significant because when pro-marijuana advocates campaign in other states the first thing out of their bongs will be: “look how much money local governments can make off the stuff.” That reasoning will be very attractive to cash-strapped states hungry for new revenue sources.  Why not make money off of a drug that mainly makes people lazy, stupid, and hungry?

“I Smoke Two Joints Before I Smoke Two Joints And Then I Smoke Two More"
If things keep going like they are, marijuana will be akin to the lottery.  Can you imagine Colorado or Washington using Bob Dylan’s "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" in an ad campaign? 

Okay, that probably won’t happen, but “Goofy Boots” is on its way to losing its rock and roll edge.  The aura “The Cheech and Chong” has been cultivating for nearly one-hundred years is turning to ash.

I don’t think Wiz Khalifa has anything to worry about.  Marijuana will still be primarily known as “The Chronic” and not as a revenue stream when Wiz Khalifa rolls into Dallas on Aug 14, when Wiz Khalifa performs in Mountain View on Aug. 22, and when Wiz Khalifa visits Chula Vista on Aug. 23.

I do think Khalifa is one of the last recording artists that will be closely associated with “Cheeba.” Marijuana will only get more socially and legally accepted.  As it does, it will drop out of fashion with young people looking to shock, scare, and defy authority. 

If that does indeed happen let’s hope “Reefer” isn’t replaced by something more harmful and dangerous.

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The Australia Pink Floyd Show Touring As Real Pink Floyd Releases New Album

by Noiz 13. July 2014 15:56

The Australia Pink Floyd Show Touring As Real Pink Floyd Releases New Album

In October, rock legends Pink Floyd will release their first album in two decades.

News of a fresh opus came from a tweet by David Gilmour’s wife.  It was confirmed by one of the band’s backup singers, Durga McBroom-Hudson.  That’s not exactly Woodward and Bernstein but much more reliable than NBC News.  Either way, you’ll find mention of a new oeuvre on Pink Floyd’s Web site.

The new album is being called The Endless River and will consist mostly of “ambient and instrumental tracks” (isn’t that every Pink Floyd album? *rim shot* Thank you, I’m here all week!).

The album, which is still being worked on, is mainly from the 1993/94 Division Bell sessions.  Pink Floyd of this era consisted of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.  Sadly, Wright passed away in 2008.

Will the band tour to support The Endless River? No official word has come from the Pink Floyd camp but you’d have to figure the answer will be in the negative.  If the band tours at all in the future it will probably be to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Pink Floyd was founded in 1965.  The only original member left is Nick Mason.

Let’s assume Pink Floyd doesn’t tour in either late 2014 or 2015.  That doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy a live Pink Floyd experience. 

On Sept. 19 in Seattle, Washington, The Australian Pink Floyd Show kicks off their “Set the Controls Tour.”

A week later, after stops in Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Phoenix, The Australian Pink Floyd Show visits Las Vegas for a concert at the Palms Casino.

On Oct. 2 look for The Australian Pink Floyd Show in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre.  That concert is followed by two in Missouri—Kansas City and St. Charles—and two in Florida—Miami and Clearwater.

Atlanta hosts The Australian Pink Floyd Show on Oct. 10.  That faux Pink Floyd show is booked at the famous Fox Theatre.

The last two events of their trek are their biggest.  Oct. 19 is the date that The Australian Pink Floyd Show rolls into Boston for a gig at the Orpheum Theater.  A week later The Australian Pink Floyd Show travels to New York for a performance at the Best Buy Theatre.

I’m in no way insinuating that the Australian Pink Floyd (as they’re sometimes called) are as good as the real thing.  I’m sure that’s a claim that they wouldn’t even make.  What I’m saying is seeing The Australian Pink Floyd Show in concert is the next best thing to the genuine article.

TAPFS is not just any tribute band.  They are The Beatles of tribute bands (if I’m allowed to use such a metaphor while talking about Pink Floyd).  They are placed by the Daily Telegraph on “the top of the tribute band tree.”

Formed in 1988, TAPFS has not only perfected the music of Pink Floyd but also their look and feel.  Australian Pink Floyd has worked hard and spent a tremendous amount of energy to create an experience that is as close to the real Pink Floyd as humanly possible.  They really focus on bringing out the nuances of the “Godfathers of Psychedelia.”

Since their formation, more than four million Australian Pink Floyd Show tickets have been sold in 35 countries.

TAPFS are not a bunch of Pink Floyd groupies who muck through covers of “Comfortably Numb” and “Money.”  The tribute band has direct ties to the mother ship.

For one, in 1996, TAPFS performed at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday party.  The tribute band has also worked with several people who worked with the real Pink Floyd or Gilmour.  For example there’s electric guitar designer Pete Cornish, sound engineer Colin Norfield, Nick Mason’s drum technician Clive Brooks, and singer Lorelei McBroom.  McBroom performed with Pink Floyd during their “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and their "Delicate Sound of Thunder" tours.  She’s now a full-fledge member of TAPFS.

Music fans who shun tribute bands should rethink their harsh attitude.  There are many reasons to attend The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

The Opportunity To Hear Pink Floyd’s Music Live
You can always listen to Pink Floyd albums but you’ll probably have zero opportunities to experience Pink Floyd live.  TAPFS offers attendees the chance to at least hear Pink Floyd’s music live.  Since TAPFS has been at it for more than a quarter century, they know Pink Floyd’s music better than everyone, except of course, the real Pink Floyd.

Furthermore, TAPFS uses many of the same production elements as the real Pink Floyd.  Not only will you get to hear their music performed live, you’ll also get the lasers, inflatables, and large video screen that are fixtures of a real Pink Floyd concert.

Another Way To Enjoy Pink Floyd
As a Pink Floyd fan, you’re fortunate to have a new album on horizon, but this isn’t the 1970s.  The band is long past their heyday, and their prime.  Going forward, fresh Pink Floyd moments (new albums, tours, and films) will be few and far between.  TAPFS offers fans another way to enjoy Pink Floyd and their legacy. 

You’ve heard Dark Side of the Moon, you’ve seen The Wall, and you remember the “In The Flesh Tour.”  Now see The Australia Pink Floyd Show (or see it again).  It might be a circuitous route and a tenuous connection to Pink Floyd, but it’s better than nothing.  Look at it this way: you wouldn’t balk at seeing a Pink Floyd documentary.  Just think of TAPFS as a live music documentary.

Surround Yourself With Pink Floyd Fans
TAPFS is the greatest tribute band of all-time but they’re still not to the point where they give their audience bragging rights.  In other words, no one goes to an Australian Pink Floyd Show so they can tell their grandkids that they saw Australian Pink Floyd live.  You go to a real Pink Floyd show so you can tell your grandkids.  With that being written, everyone (or almost everyone) at The Australian Pink Floyd Show is a huge Pink Floyd fan. 

TAPFS creates the perfect environment to celebrate Pink Floyd.  You won’t be sitting next to a wannabe, someone who bought tickets just to be seen, or a completely disinterested bystander.  When you attend TAPFS you’ll be flanked by hardcore Pink Floyd fans like yourself.  You know who else are hardcore Pink Floyd fans?  The members of The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

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10 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals

by Noiz 11. July 2014 21:38

10 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals

Kinky Boots, the musical that came out of nowhere, is now on the verge of playing everywhere.  Well, it’s on the verge of playing in a lot of U.S. cities.  The musical’s first national tour begins Sept. 4.

The Kinky Boots tour opens in Las Vegas at the Smith Center.  The Tony Award winner will be in Sin City through Sept. 14.  After that, the tour visit Tempe, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle.

Los Angeles welcomes Kinky Boots to the Pantages Theatre from Nov. 11 to Nov. 30.  For those that really like to plan ahead, Kinky Boots will be in Boston from Aug. 11 to Aug. 23 in 2015.  It’s a little too early to book a babysitter but soon enough to mark it on your calendar.

Kinkys Boots is based on the 2005 film of the same name which was inspired by a true story.  Kinky Boots tells the tale of a young, prudish, shoe factory owner who begins making footwear for drag queens. 

The music and lyrics were written by Cyndi Lauper—yes, the same artist who sang “Time After Time.”  For her efforts, Lauper won a Tony Award for Best Score.  She is the first woman in the history of the universe to win that award by herself.

Lauper isn’t, however, the first rock/pop artist to compose for the theatre.  Below, Clickitticket looks at several rock and pop stars that have applied their talents to creating a Broadway musical.  Our list runs the gamut from the very successful to the completely unforgettable.  By the way, we did not include jukebox musicals—that means no Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, or Rock of Ages.

Elton John
Elton John is the poster boy for rock and rollers turned Broadway composers.  He’s the musical genius behind The Lion King, Aida, and Billy Elliot. Oddly enough, Aida is the only one of those musicals that didn’t win the Tony Award for Best Musical but the only one that earned John a Best Original Score trophy.  E.J. has another Broadway credit to his name, Lestat.  He composed the music to the vampire chronicle while longtime partner Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics.  The show ran for just 33 previews and 39 performances.

Bono and The Edge
U2’s Bono and The Edge wrote the music and lyrics to Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, the most expensive Broadway production in the annals of humanity.  The show grabbed more headlines for injuring stuntmen then it did for Bono and The Edge’s score.  Critically, this show received an overwhelming “eh” but its mediocrity managed to create box office gold.  It once set a Great White Way record for most tickets sales in a week.  The show opened in November of 2010 and closed on Jan. 4, 2014.  As for Bono and The Edge’s contribution, the general consensus is their music was a little on the boring side.

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are former members of the pop juggernaut ABBA.  In the mid-1980s, after ABBA had run its course, Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote one of the best musicals of the decade, Chess.  The musical began as a concept album and then transferred to the West End where it ran for a respectful three years.  For some reason, the show was greatly altered for Broadway where it barely lasted two months.  Despite, its paltry showing in Manhattan, productions have sprung up all over the world.  Chess is renowned for giving us the classic “One Night in Bangkok.”  While that song is awesome, we’re much more partial to “Nobody’s Side” from Act I.

Paul Simon
Paul Simon wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics and book with Derek Walcott to 1998 musical The Capeman.  The show was about Salvador Agron, a Puerto Rican gang member who, in 1959, murdered two teenagers in a park.  The show was panned by NYC critics and ran for just under 70 performances.  Simon’s music was generally viewed as the production’s lone bright spot.  Don’t write this musical off as a bomb.  While it has issues, its biggest problem is New York critics and theatre-goers.  Non-whites and out-of-towners generally like the show.  Music from The Capemen was revisited in 2008 when Simon and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra performed it at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  On a couple of occasions, Rhymin’ Simon performed the show’s music at the Beacon Theatre.  In 2010, a concert version was produced at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.

Sting
If I told you a big-time rock star has written the lyrics and music to a Broadway musical called The Last Ship you’d immediately say that the talent behind the work is Sting.  And you’d be right.  I mean a musical called “The Last Ship” sounds like something Sting would compose.  The Last Ship is about that tried and true Broadway meme of shipbuilding in Northeast England.  Well, if anyone can pull it off it’s Sting.  In all seriousness, the show is directed by Joseph Mantello, the same guy who directed Wicked.  So you know The Last Ship will be good.  The show premiered in Chicago on Valentine’s Day.  It will move to the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway for previews in late September.  Opening night is set for Oct. 26. 

Trey Anastasio
Maybe Hands on a Hardbody bombed because fans weren’t encouraged to tape shows and pass them around and there was no 20-minute jam kicking off Act II.  Is this entire entry going to be Phish jokes?  You betcha!  Trey Anastasio of Phish co-wrote the music to Hands on a Hardbody with Amanda Green.  She also wrote the lyrics.  Hands on a Hardbody ran for 56 shows and half of those were previews.  Despite the lack of Broadway ticket sales, the show received decent reviews and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score for Anastasio and Green?  So why did the show tank?  Were Phish fans turned away from the Brooks Atkinson Theater because of their stench?  Don’t be silly—Phish fans can’t afford to go to a Broadway show.  No, the show was dwarfed by the likes of Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Pippin.  Also, the name doesn’t really do the musical justice.  Hands on a Hardbody is about ten people trying to win a Nissan “hardbody” pickup by being the last one to have his or her hand on the vehicle. 

Boy George
Culture Club frontman Boy George entered the world of musical theatre in 2002 thanks to his smash hit Taboo.  George wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music with John Themis, Richie Stevens and Kevan Frost.  Although it’s highly fictionalized, the musical is about a fashionable nightclub in London and its fascinating patrons.  Boy George is an actual character in the show.  Interestingly, in the original Broadway and London productions, the real Boy George played nightclub promoter and performance artist Leigh Bowery.

Duncan Sheik
If you blinked in the late 1990s, you may have missed Duncan Sheik.  The New Jerseyan scored a Top 20 hit in 1997 with the ultra-catchy “Barely Breathing.  As of 2014, the dude has released seven albums with his self-titled debut being the highest charting one of the bunch—it reached #83.  His real claim to fame is writing the music for Spring Awakening.  Steven Sater wrote the lyrics and book.  Spring Awakening was an unmitigated success.  It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won eight of them.  That includes Best Musical and Best Original Score for Sheik and Sater.  What’s really impressive is Sheik won a Tony statue for Best Orchestrations.  Composing orchestrations is something most rock stars can’t do.  More importantly, Spring Awakening launched the careers of Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Skylar Astin, and Jonathan Groff.

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Trace Adkins Touring Despite Personal Struggles And Strife

by Noiz 10. July 2014 19:21

Trace Adkins Touring Despite Personal Struggles And Strife

In a recent Clickitticket article, I waxed poetically about how performers feel more at home on the stage than anywhere else.  I wrote that in reference to Marc Anthony and his many girl troubles but the sentiment also applies to country music superstar Trace Adkins.

"It's good to be back on the road. That's what we do. That's my life. I'd die if I'm not on the road." – Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins and his band, the Sarepta Gentleman’s Club, returned to the road in early June.  Adkins and company will live out of suitcases until Oct. 3.  On that autumn night, Adkins will be in Carmel, Indiana for a gig at The Palladium.

Highlights of Adkins’ route include the Country Life Music Festival in Peoria, Illinois (July 20); the Last Chance Stampede and Fair in Helena, Montana (July 23); and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts (Aug. 2).

Fans will also want to catch Trace Adkins in Kansas City when he plays the Ameristar Casino and Hotel on Sept. 5.

After that, Trace Adkins will perform on two Carnival Cruise Lines.  One departs Oct. 13 and the other sets sail on Nov. 4. 

Sandwiched in between the boat rides is an Oct. 25 gig at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh.

Then on Nov. 15, Adkins hits the road again for another round of his highly successful Christmas Show.  He began his yuletide trek last year in support of his first Christmas album, The King’s Gift.

In 2014, Adkins opens his holiday sleigh ride in Worcester, Massachusetts at the Hanover Theatre.  He’ll spread Christmas spirit in New Brunswick, Englewood, and Providence.  On Nov. 22, Trace Adkins rolls into in Baltimore for a concert at the Modell Performing Arts Center. 

Charm City is the penultimate stop on his itinerary.  The singer will say his final “ho ho hos” on Dec. 6 in Salina, Kansas.

Adkins will finish 2014 doing what he loves best and that’s performing.  Getting the chance to play for his fans will certainly be the best present under his proverbial Christmas tree especially when he considers how bad his year began.

Back in January, Adkins was booked on another Country Cruise.  On the same ship was a Trace Adkins impersonator.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing.

At first, the real Adkins took the faux Adkins in stride but the former snapped when he started signing autographs.  According to Stephen Barker from Love and Theft, their confrontation involved nary a punch.

“You know, there’s only so much you can take when someone’s trying to be you. [Eventually] you’re like, ‘Ok bro’, I’ve been doing this for 20 years, you’ve been following me around … and now you’re going to come on this small cruise ship …’” – Stephen Barker

Adkins was the cruise’s headliner but left when the ship reached Jamaica.  Adkins’ departure was not necessarily because of the skirmish with his cheap clone.  He disembarked because he had a drink.  The country music star fell off the wagon. 

Adkins left the cruise ship and immediately checked himself into a treatment facility.  The last time he entered rehab for his alcoholism was December of 2002.  Too bad he hit the booze again but kudos for a quick return to rehab. 

That right there is enough to ruin one’s year but the fates had more in store for the Louisianan.  While in rehab, Adkins’ father died.

Aaron Doyle Adkins left this world on Feb. 1.  Trace was still in rehab but was allowed to leave when his father’s condition worsened.  The elder Adkins was 71.

The following month, Trace’s wife of 16 years, Rhonda Forlaw Adkins, filed for divorce.  Reason for the divorce is good ol’ "irreconcilable differences.”  The couple has three children.

So in less than three months, Adkins entered rehab, lost his father, and saw his marriage dissolve.  No wonder he said during a June 13 concert in upstate New York: “It’s good to be back in Niagara Falls.  It’s good to be back anywhere.”

Trace Adkins is nothing if not a survivor.  You’re not going to keep him down.  Remember, he cut off a pinky while opening a bucket with a knife, nearly lost his nose in a terrible car accident, and was shot by his ex-wife (not Rhonda).

On March 11, 15 days before Rhonda filed for divorce, Adkins sang with the band Exile at the Grand Ole Opry.  It was his first live performance after leaving rehab.   

On May 29, the comedy Mom’s Night Out starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, and Trace Adkins (it pretty much had to star Adkins or why would I have mentioned it) hit theaters.  The film was panned but it grossed twice as much as it cost to make it.

Adkins’ tour kicked off on June 5.  

On June 21, Adkins was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  Adkins was born in Sarepta, Louisiana and is never shy about showing his affinity to the Bayou State.  The event was attended by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.

On July 5, Adkins performed at Muddy Bottoms.  Even if this performance was inconsequential I still would have mentioned it.  How can you not mention a place named “Muddy Bottoms?”

Well, Muddy Bottoms is an ATV and recreation park located in Adkins hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana.  Adkins’ concert was part of “Muddin’ for the Military” an event held to benefit Lone Star Warrior Outdoor—they provide hunting and fishing trips to wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Of all the artists performing this summer—Jay-Z, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Zac Brown Band—no one is happier to be on stage than Trace Adkins.

Adkins doesn’t mention his personal struggles and strife on stage but the fans know what he’s going through.  They have been showering him with support.  In return, Adkins has been giving them his usual awesome live show.  He works everyone in the crowd from kids to grandmothers.  At times he’s flirty and at times he’s earnest but he’s always blowing the roof off the concert venue. 

In addition to all the hits, expect to hear three news songs at an upcoming Trace Adkins concert: “It All Adds Up to Us,” “Maintenance Man,” and “Take It From Me.”

“It All Adds Up to Us” is about the tiny things in a romantic relationship. 

“Maintenance Man” is about keeping a woman happy.  So it’s definitely a fantasy song—am I right fellows! (thank you, I’m here all week). 

In “Take It From Me,” Adkins wields wisdom on what to do when you’re relationship is falling apart. 

During his first tour stop in Sayreville, New Jersey, Adkins teased fans by announcing that a new album is on the way.  Unfortunately, he gave no more details than that.

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